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ENER Pipeline Opposition in NE U.S. Threatens to Choke Economy
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    4 Pipeline Opposition in NE U.S. Threatens to Choke Economy

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    Pipeline Opposition in Northeast Threatens to Choke Economy, Increase Emissions
    July 11, 2019 by Andrew Cline



    "“We’re not going to have a huge pipeline running through the Northeast again.”

    So the marketing director for Tennessee Gas Pipeline told an industry conference in April, The Wall Street Journal reported this week. And it’s not just the huge lines. As activists become more adept at enlisting government in their war on oil and gas pipelines, even small projects are becoming difficult to build.

    Last month, voters in Longmeadow, Mass., approved a non-binding ballot measure encouraging the town to buy land to block a local natural gas metering and transfer station.

    This past Earth Day, the mayor of Holyoke, Mass., announced his opposition to a proposed 2.1-mile, 12-inch natural gas pipeline that would increase capacity to meet rising demand. He asked federal regulators to reject the pipeline.

    In March, the Bristol, Vt., Selectboard voted to cancel a license agreement with Vermont Gas that would have allowed Bristol residents to connect to a gas line that runs from Colchester to Middlebury, vtdigger.com reported.

    From large, interstate pipelines to small lines connecting towns and neighborhoods, anti-fossil fuel activists have proven highly successful at blocking, through regulations or lawsuits, new natural gas infrastructure in the Northeastern United States.

    Natural gas is in high demand for powering and heating homes in the Northeast, particularly New England. But a regulatory clampdown on the construction of new pipelines has created an artificial shortage, raising prices, causing serious reliability concerns, and forcing residents to rely on dirtier and more expensive oil for home heating.

    In Massachusetts, “gas companies have halted new gas hookups in several communities, citing a lack of pipeline capacity,” the Boston Herald reported in February.

    “While inexpensive natural gas has never been more plentiful in the United States, there is insufficient pipeline capacity in our region to deliver additional load,” Holyoke Gas & Electric wrote in January in explaining its moratorium on new residential gas hookups.

    Consolidated Edison announced in March that it would no longer take new natural gas customers in the southern part of Westchester County, N.Y., The Wall Street Journal reported. That moratorium is upending plans for new residential developments there.

    Environmental activists are driving these pipeline rejections. Yet ISO New England, the operator of the region’s electrical grid, points out that natural gas has lowered the region’s carbon emissions, and current supply constraints are causing higher emissions during periods of peak demand.

    “The transition from coal and oil to natural gas has reduced emissions,” according to ISO’s New England Power Grid 2018-2019 Profile. “However, when natural gas supply is constrained in winter, oil- and coal-fired electricity production rises, driving up emissions.”

    A natural gas shortage is pushing up prices, too.

    “Wholesale electricity prices track the price of power plant fuel, which in New England is typically natural gas,” according to the ISO report. “Natural gas pipeline constraints in the winter tend to increase natural gas prices and, in turn, wholesale electricity prices.”

    The lack of an adequate natural gas supply has ISO officials seriously concerned about the ability of the electricity grid to meet demand.

    “Between 2013 and 2022, more than 5,200 megawatts of oil, coal and nuclear power plants will have retired,” Gordon van Welie, president and CEO of ISO-New England, said in a call with reporters earlier this year.

    “Further, the region’s remaining two nuclear stations and another 5,000 megawatts of coal and oil-fired generation are at risk of retirement in the coming years. That’s a significant concern because the region depends on these resources of on-site fuel supplies during cold weather. That’s when natural gas may be in short supply or more expensive.”

    Coal and oil power plants can stockpile fuel on-site, which helps them to meet surges in demand in summer and winter. Since the fracking boom dramatically lowered natural gas prices, the Northeast has transitioned away from oil and gas in favor of cleaner-burning natural gas.

    Now, however, activist opposition to new natural gas pipelines has prevented that cleaner-burning fuel from fully replacing oil and coal. During times of peak demand, utilities have to burn dirtier fuels because there isn’t enough gas available. Wind and solar are not yet reliable, storable alternatives during those peak demand periods.

    And without new lines to connect homes to the gas supply, residents have to continue burning oil to heat their homes in winter.

    “About 20% of households in the Northeast Census region use heating oil as their main space heating fuel, and they account for about 80% of the U.S. households that use heating oil for space heating,” the U.S. Energy Information Administration wrote in January.

    New York, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts are the top three states in the U.S. for home heating oil consumption, federal data show. Those same states are the primary battlegrounds in the fight against new natural gas pipelines.

    The natural gas bottleneck they have created is preventing large portions of the Northeast from switching to cleaner-burning gas while alternatives such as wind, solar and hydropower are slowly made more viable."
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    Nothing but moron environmental wacko activists in a suicide pact...good riddance to idiots! Ranks right up there with Governor Homo outlawing fracking in upstate NY that would provide an enormous number of jobs and energy to the region, which is currently being enjoyed in PA where fracking is allowed...lol!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry799 View Post
    Nothing but moron environmental wacko activists in a suicide pact...good riddance to idiots! Ranks right up there with Governor Homo outlawing fracking in upstate NY that would provide an enormous number of jobs and energy to the region, which is currently being enjoyed in PA where fracking is allowed...lol!
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    They don’t need industry

    They will all get rich vlogging their wonderful idea’s!

    Or better yet get free money from govt

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    Come winter, when they don't have enough natural gas to heat their homes, let them freeze to death.
    A socialist will trample over one hundred poor people just for the chance to throw a rock at a rich man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Countrybumpkin View Post
    Come winter, when they don't have enough natural gas to heat their homes, let them freeze to death.
    The thing is when the crazies don't allow natural gas pipelines they force increased use of less environmentally friendly heating oil and propane, made worse by the impact of it being delivered by trucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MountainBiker View Post
    The thing is when the crazies don't allow natural gas pipelines they force increased use of less environmentally friendly heating oil and propane, made worse by the impact of it being delivered by trucks.
    We know that, and most likely the folks who live there who aren't dumber than rocks know it as well.

    The best I can say about them is that the smart ones should move, and the rest can freeze their NIMBY asses off as they deserve to!
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    Yup. They want everybody to freeze in the dark.

    Up here, there has been about a decade long kerfluffle with the mad Greenies for a pipeline company to simply replace and upgrade an older, major line using the same right-of-way/footprint, same leases, better/safer materials, tech and engineering. In the meanwhile, every day I see all these petro-products traveling by RAIL so with the least bit of an "oops" we have a derailment and contamination of God knows what. Wetlands, lakes, farmland, townsites...whatever the rail line runs past.

    We live in a world controlled by idiots.

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    These people are crazy. Google maps of gas pipeline lines in the U.S.

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    the farm owners and the rest of us don't like new pipelines in the Upper Midwest either - but you don't see anybody but Obammy inspired OCCUPY & ANTIFA protesters >>> it's a necessary evil - having a trainload of tankers derailing with crude oil or propane isn't some damn picnic ....
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    Quote Originally Posted by WalknTrot View Post
    Yup. They want everybody to freeze in the dark.

    Up here, there has been about a decade long kerfluffle with the mad Greenies for a pipeline company to simply replace and upgrade an older, major line using the same right-of-way/footprint, same leases, better/safer materials, tech and engineering. In the meanwhile, every day I see all these petro-products traveling by RAIL so with the least bit of an "oops" we have a derailment and contamination of God knows what. Wetlands, lakes, farmland, townsites...whatever the rail line runs past.

    We live in a world controlled by idiots.

    IF it's ONLY contamination >>> they tend to blow up also - locally had a trainload of propane tanker derail and explode one-by-one - the landscape looked like multi-runs of B52s wings ....
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    This is what the Enviros and Liberal/NDP/Green Parties have done to Western Canada......

    They have deliberately blocked a new pipeline from Alberta to the west coast through British Columbia, effectively shutting down Alberta's exports to Asia of oil.

    But the hypocrites need jet fuel for Vancouver Int. Airport, so they allow a pipeline to send that fuel along the same route by the Fraser River (imagine a spill there) but won't allow an upgraded pipeline paralleling this one, which would carry oil. Because it is from Alberta, and could be dirty (AB oil is now know to be much cleaner that what comes from USA now) and because the Greenies don't like any kind of progress (and are paid by the big Oil corps which don't want us competing with USA oil.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rabbit View Post
    These people are crazy. Google maps of gas pipeline lines in the U.S.



    Yep and they are putting the new pipe line just yards away from a older pipe line that has been there for a good long time.
    They try not to addvertise the location of these pipe lines and have sensors in place every so many yards to keep people from digging anywhere near it and I'm not making that up.
    Run a dozer or backhoe anywhere near that pipe line and they will have people on location within hours the same day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Countrybumpkin View Post
    Come winter, when they don't have enough natural gas to heat their homes, let them freeze to death.
    gets my vote - stupid SOB's . . . I am 110% CONVINCED that the environmentalist movement is the brain child of the global multinational energy corporations - what a perfect way to keep consumer costs high:

    . carefully limit consumer access to your products
    . provide stops, barriers and difficulties in bringing product to market without increased cost
    . impose restrictions on manufacturing - air scrubbers and other emissions controls - resulting in increased cost, decreased production and waste of product through inefficiency in the manufacturing process
    . require emissions controls on internal combustion engines - because choking your engine by making it burn its by-products not only REDUCES its efficiency but increases consumer cost and promotes planned obsolescence via shortened equipment lifespan
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    These idiots don't realize that over time, pipelines degrade - so by not allowing maintenance or upgrades or replacement they are adding the risk of a nat gas explosion or serious fuel leak. IMO, it's still going to be 20-30 years before the green tech reaches an efficiency ROI (or maybe never, given how stupid people seem to running everything useful and functional into the ground).

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    They really don’t care..:

    If they told you what they really want it would be the want 60-80 percent fewer people.

    They don’t really care how they get there and because they are the caring “smart” ones you and I would have to go.

    These are what the Soviet spies termed useful idiots. They are dangerous and they are growing in numbers. The importing of low skilled mass groups supported by your tax dollars to have lots of kids that will grow into a mass of youth with no education and no jobs and lots of time and lots of anger. This is the cultural suicidal path the west is on.

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    Let them freeze in the dark....

    Justice served....

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